question about salary in the US - page 2

i got an offer from an agency, they told me that should i decide to choose them to process my paper, iLL be earning with a rate of 24 dollars per hour, for 36hours per week duty. my question is will... Read More

  1. by   PMFB-RN
    [quote=norhubez;1923140]how much is the average salary of the nurses in the us?.

    *** I live in Wisconsin. Cost of living is very low here. Pay for new grads is about $24-$28 and hour


    lets say ill be assigned in san diego california? will this $24/hour be enough for us? thanks for the response

    *** NO! Not even close. It would be in the mid-west bot not in SD. SD is a very high cost of living area.
  2. by   norhubez
    its not that i wanna work for 6 days a week,i think i just have to, i mean im the only one working, my wife would have to stay home to take care of our child, i dont think we can sustain living in the us working for just 3 days/week, education etc for my daughter will be our priority in the near future, dont you think? pls need more insight
  3. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    6 days a week? Why would you want to do that?
    *** Lots of nurses do that. In the SICU where I work I know of 3 (male) RNs that work six 12s a week. I work five 12s a week. All of them are either saving for CRNA school, or are (like me) the sole bread winners for their families. I don't even consider it to be any big deal. Different people have different abilities to tolerate work hours.
    Even though I work 60 hours a week now and find it to be no problem at all, that doesn't mean I want to doing it ten years from now.
  4. by   Jabramac
    Quote from norhubez
    its not that i wanna work for 6 days a week,i think i just have to, i mean im the only one working, my wife would have to stay home to take care of our child, i dont think we can sustain living in the us working for just 3 days/week, education etc for my daughter will be our priority in the near future, dont you think? pls need more insight
    I hope that you strongly consider a different area then San Diago. Check some resources on state wages and compare that to some resources on cost of living. I don't know sites off the top of my head, but I'm sure you can find lots with a google search. I don't know about you, but even 3 days a week is stress inducing. There are almost always opportunities to pick up more. 6 days a week is grueling in any job, down right insane in nursing.

    I live in MN, I'm not a new grad, so I can't tell you what new grads make for sure, but $24 sounds reasonable here. I can tell you that with 4 years experience I make enough to own my own townhome in the Twin Cities Metro area, my wife is a stay at home mom with our child. I would not say we live the high life, but we do go out to eat often, and we enjoy traveling every couple of months. We have two pretty decent cars as well.

    I have heard that MN pays pretty well, and most hospitals even out side the metro area pay well here to ensure the nurses do not flock to the metro area. Out side the metro the housing can be significantly less. However, you give up access to metro things.

    California is beautiful. That's why so many people have moved there. But for the sake of your family, I would really think hard about working 6 days a week, especially if it is 12 hr shifts.
  5. by   lots_of_luv
    that is a little low for california, you should be getting paid in the 30's. why not try to apply directly to hospitals? goodluck!
  6. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Lots of nurses do that. In the SICU where I work I know of 3 (male) RNs that work six 12s a week. I work five 12s a week. All of them are either saving for CRNA school, or are (like me) the sole bread winners for their families. I don't even consider it to be any big deal. Different people have different abilities to tolerate work hours.
    Even though I work 60 hours a week now and find it to be no problem at all, that doesn't mean I want to doing it ten years from now.
    It's not about tolerating the work hours. I wouldn't want to be away from my family and life for 6 days out of 7, that's all....
  7. by   HARRN2b
    I would not want a nurse taking care of me that works 6 days 12 hours per day. NO WAY!!!!
  8. by   norhubez
    Quote from HARRN2b
    I would not want a nurse taking care of me that works 6 days 12 hours per day. NO WAY!!!!

    me neither.. lol
  9. by   Mithrah
    I wonder who quoted you $24/hour because that is quite low for San Diego. I was making $24/hour in Orange County (just N. of San Diego) a year ago. But remember, in CA, anything over 8 hours is time and a half (anything over 12 hours is double time). So I was actually making like $28. With COLA (cost of living adjustments) I quickly got bumped up to where my blended rate was more than $33/hour.

    I would work an extra shift once a pay period and I was paying almost $1,000 a pay period in taxes. Of course I am single with no kids. But the taxes there are really high and the housing prices are high. My own apartment + utilities would have easily taken 50% of my net income. Instead of that I opted to get a roommate (where I rented a room in a house for $900/month). See, not cheap! Gas is more. Car insurance is more. Food is more. For you to take your wife and kid to Disneyland it'll cost you $189 just to get into the resort! I don't know how people afford it. I knew married couples making $120K/year and struggling. Of course this is the state where many people have 40 year mortgages.

    Now I am a travel nurse and happy as can be. And just so you know, I hear TX is a great place for nurses as far as cost of living and there is no state income tax!
  10. by   Morgan314
    I have no clue as to salaries of nurses nationwide, but I've been a nurse for 23 years and am making $23.10/hr. With a family of 4, spouse on Social Security, it is not enough to make ends meet.
  11. by   777RNThatsMe
    Quote from norhubez
    how much is the average salary of the nurses in the us? lets say ill be assigned in san diego california? will this $24/hour be enough for us? thanks for the response

    That isn't very much to live off of, in Calif - no. Not on a single income family. Doubtful you'd get by well.....rent is very expensive there as is trying to buy homes.
  12. by   777RNThatsMe
    5 and 6 12's is insane people! I do 3 12s and let me tell you I get tired enough that, I have nothing left in energy for my kids let alone any more! and sometimes my 3 12s are in a row; or, if they fall on a weekend it's 4 in a row - and it kills my family.

    DON'T do it. To your wife; or your child.
  13. by   norhubez
    Quote from Mithrah
    I wonder who quoted you $24/hour because that is quite low for San Diego. I was making $24/hour in Orange County (just N. of San Diego) a year ago. But remember, in CA, anything over 8 hours is time and a half (anything over 12 hours is double time). So I was actually making like $28. With COLA (cost of living adjustments) I quickly got bumped up to where my blended rate was more than $33/hour.

    I would work an extra shift once a pay period and I was paying almost $1,000 a pay period in taxes. Of course I am single with no kids. But the taxes there are really high and the housing prices are high. My own apartment + utilities would have easily taken 50% of my net income. Instead of that I opted to get a roommate (where I rented a room in a house for $900/month). See, not cheap! Gas is more. Car insurance is more. Food is more. For you to take your wife and kid to Disneyland it'll cost you $189 just to get into the resort! I don't know how people afford it. I knew married couples making $120K/year and struggling. Of course this is the state where many people have 40 year mortgages.

    Now I am a travel nurse and happy as can be. And just so you know, I hear TX is a great place for nurses as far as cost of living and there is no state income tax!

    thanks for the insight, so i should exclude san diego now, another agency also offered nursing job in florida for 17/hour, they told me that cost of living there is quite low,one reason why salary was also down. is it true? anyone here who has gone to florida before?

    by TX you mean Texas? right? really thanks for the info guys, i was really not concern about these taxes before i made these thread, hope i can get more info, these website is really informative.now i really dont have any plans of going to california, lol.

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